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Celtic Healing Oracle

64 Cards and Guidebook

Illustrated by Susan Dorf
Published by Destiny Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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About The Book

An oracle deck featuring mythic symbols from the ancient Celtic ways of knowing

• The cards feature black-and-white symbols representing goddesses, gods, cauldrons, leprechauns, faeries, animals, trees, and other figures to express the Celtic way of “carving” reality from darkness rather than light

• The accompanying guidebook explores the meaning and mythic background for each card, the Celtic worldview, the principles of Celtic divination, as well as how to use the oracle to receive answers to specific questions

Attuned to the movements of nature, the Celts understood that all things are connected, and they “divined” answers to their queries as well as what the future holds from the animals, plants, the winds, and the seasons. Trees and animals had particular knowledge of past, present, and future. Through natural methods of divination, bards, healers, soothsayers, and holy women and men gained powers to see into the unseen. Stories and legends of their powers were told and retold, transmitting an enormous store of wisdom across the generations.

In this oracle deck and guidebook, Rosemarie Anderson interprets Celtic myths and legends to create an oracle system of 64 cards featuring symbols from the ancient Celtic ways of knowing. The symbols represent three thousand years of Celtic culture and history, derived from archaeological excavations of Bronze and Iron Age Celtic sites throughout Europe and from the myths, folktales, and faery traditions still flourishing in rural Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The symbols of the cards represent cauldrons, spirals, leprechauns, faeries, animals, trees, the wondrous child (Cú Chulainn), the Sacred King, Cernunnos (the antlered god), the Morrigán (the raven goddess), Tir na nóg (the Blessed Isles), and other imagery and figures from Celtic lore.

The accompanying guidebook explores the meaning, symbology, and mythic background for each card, such as how the Triple-Mother Goddess (Card 1) represents magnificence and the primal goddess in all her aspects--maiden, mother, and crone. The guidebook also explores the Celtic worldview, the basic principles of Celtic divination, as well as how to use the oracle to receive answers to specific questions.

Conveying the power and wisdom of the ancient Celtic ways of knowing, this oracle offers a hands-on way to gain insight into the hidden forces at play in our lives.

About The Author

Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D., is professor emerita of transpersonal psychology at Sofia University, an author, and an Episcopal priest. She cofounded the Transpersonal Research Network in 2014 and the Sacred Science Circle in 2017. Also in 2017 she received the Abraham Maslow Heritage Award from the Society of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She is the author of several books, including Celtic Oracles and Transforming Self and Others through Research. She lives in Oregon.

About The Illustrator

Susan Dorf is an artist known for her paintings, prints, and sketchbook drawings. Her work has been published and exhibited in the United States and abroad, and she has taught workshops in painting and art journaling in Mexico, Europe, and the US. She lives in Michoacán, Mexico.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Destiny Books (January 31, 2023)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781644114964

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Raves and Reviews

“Rosemarie Anderson is a wise and trusted guide for anyone on the spiritual path of awakening. She introduces us to this ancient Celtic oracle and invites us to ask our questions of the Celtic gods and goddesses, trees and animals, and our ancestors. Then we are asked to listen silently and patiently to the answer that emerges from within our own true nature.”

– Linda Sparrowe, author of Yoga at Home: Inspiration for Creating Your Own Home Practice

“This splendid, nature-based, Celtic-wisdomderived deck will alert you to deepen your connections, align your energies, and sidestep your obstacles.”

– James Fadiman, Ph.D., author of Your Symphony of Selves

“Aiding discernment and spiritual growth, Rosemarie Anderson’s mythopoetic interpretation of Celtic archetypal images reaches creatively into the unconscious, where dreams live, growth is shaped, and change is born.”

– Penelope Duckworth, author of Mary: The Imagination of Her Heart

“Rosemarie is the author of the wonderful Divine Feminine Tao Te Ching, which I read every day. This book of oracles consisting of 64 cards has been many decades in the making and reflects the embeddedness of Celtic spirituality in everyday life while all aspects and expressions are interconnected. Rosemarie explains how to cast the Oracle, including spreads of cards representing past, present and future. Prompted by her, I asked about my most important task in the years ahead. The first card—Mare—related to healing the wounds of abandonment and loss of trust, the second—Mother Goddess Carrying Children and Food—represents well-being and comfort, with a call to nourish oneself with soothing activities and relationships; while the third—Tir Na Nog, 64—represents the blessed isles to the west, which is about becoming aware of simple pleasures of life. I very much resonated with these cards and the call to simplicity and contentment. Highly recommended.”

– David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer Journal

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